Where Your Child Discovers Their Genius

Embrace The Joy Of Learning, Laughter, And Love

Set Your Child Up For
A Lifetime Of Success

As They Discover The Joy Of
Love, Laughter, And Learning

Preschool & Daycare Center Serving Montana City, Clancy, Helena and East Helena, Mt

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A Founder Deeply Passionate About Early Childhood Experiences

Our owner, Rachel Supalla, holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Administration. Internationally trained on childcare methods such as Montessori, the Reggio Emilia approach, and social-emotional development, she has worked with children since 1997.

Classrooms As Beautiful As They Are Functional

Indoor spaces inspire a love of learning and transform with each new learning theme. Children come alive and are delighted when they take a peek inside and discover a kid-centric, colorful environment designed to stimulate their senses. Classroom items include:

Keeping Your Little One Safe

Nature Playgrounds Teach Your Child About Science And The World

Your child develops a love of nature, a deep understanding of science, and a sense of how the world works by learning in outdoor, age-segregated classrooms. They tend to gardens, observe local wildlife, dig into the ground, and climb on playscapes.

The Genius Discoveryⓒ Curriculum Prepares For Kindergarten Success

Our founder’s unique curriculum incorporates alluring objects and materials that children manipulate, carry, redesign, and move as they play. These objects invite conversations and observations and give your kiddo a robust cognitive foundation for their school years ahead.

A Montessori Environment Designed To Facilitate Learning

The prepared classroom is your child’s third teacher. With different “works” on the shelves for your child to explore that progress and become increasingly challenging, the classroom design ignites curiosity and lasting love of learning.

Develop your little one’s unique potential through hands-on play

A Safe Space For Learning Social-Emotional Regulation

Being at ease in a caring environment makes it easy for your child to move forward and foster loving, nurturing relationships. Feeling secure and loved better equips them to regulate their emotions, concentrate, be happy, and become mindful of their actions.

Highly-Qualified Teachers Will Deliver Exceptional Education

Teachers either have a Bachelor’s degree or Associate’s degree in early childhood education, and most hold a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™. It is the most widely recognized credential in the field and ensures that your child learns from the best.

Teachers Trained In The RIE® Approach Are Highly Skilled

The RIE® approach is based on respect, and teachers treat them as active participants in their care. For example, they may avoid baby talk and instead talk to them clearly, and step back at times to give your child the chance to learn and develop at their own pace.

Daily Enrichments Bring Joy To Your Little One’s Everyday

Your child develops new skills and stays engaged with fun enrichment activities included in the cost of tuition. They enjoy yoga, music, Spanish, baby signing, dance, and robotics free of charge, while skiing is available at a nominal fee.

Seamless Communication With You Via ProCare Connect App

Log into a convenient mobile app within just a few clicks, browse photos, progress reports, and important information about your child’s busy day! Teachers use this tool to communicate frequently with you so that you’re always in the know.

Healthy, Nutritious Meals And Snacks* Fuel Your Child

Your little one stays energized with healthy, home-cooked meals and snacks made from high-quality ingredients. Everything served can be cooked gluten-free or customized based on your child’s allergies.

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FAQ

Parents may phone or e-mail at any time. 

Parents may also request a parent/teacher meeting. 

We have an open-door policy so parents can drop in whenever they’d like, but please stop by the office so that we can make sure the visit is not disruptive to the child or the classroom. 

Sometimes a peek through the window might be a better option.

Teachers and Administrators are always available to speak with parents about any concern, and a parent may request a meeting with their child’s teachers at any time.

Dropping off or picking up can be a busy time for staff. We encourage you to make an appointment so that we can give you our undivided attention.

Teachers communicate regularly with parents about their child’s progress and milestones being reached. Additionally, each child is sent home with a daily form that articulates how the child enjoyed school and the activities of the child’s day.

Each year in the spring and fall, teachers evaluate their students’ progress through assessments that accompany parent-teacher conferences.

Teachers also contact parents via Procare Connect, our online parent portal.

We gladly welcome parents to join us for special celebrations, birthdays, and presentations. Additionally, parents may volunteer in their child’s classroom or simply stop by to visit! 

A teacher may also ask for parent volunteers to help with a particular activity. If you would like to participate, you may always ask the teachers for opportunities.

Yes, for children in our Early Childhood programs (Toddlers, Preschool, and Pre-Kindergarten). Part-time options include:

  • 3-day programs (Monday/Wednesday/Friday)
  • 2-day programs (Tuesday/Thursday)

Children in our Nido and Early Childhood programs nap every day.

Naptime is from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. 

If your child has outgrown the need for a daily nap, he or she will be required to rest quietly on their mat while the rest of the children sleep.

Formal Assessments are conducted quarterly. These assessments help parents understand where their child is in his or her development and what areas can be strengthened. We incorporate both informal and standardized assessments during the year and note the individuality of each child relative to his or her progress. These assessments guide us, as educators, in developing our curriculum so that it matches the needs of the children in the class. 

Teachers’ observations of a child reflect the child’s growth and needs, both as individuals and as part of a group; this plays an essential role in the class’s day-to-day plans.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are held twice per year. These conferences are mandatory for the Pre-Kindergarten program and are highly encouraged for all other age groups. If we have a concern about your child’s development, a meeting is required regardless of age. Conferences may also be requested at different times by either parents or teachers as the need arises.

Yes, Discovery Kidzone is non-denominational Christian. However, we recognize all religions and cultures. 

We do not have a specific religious curriculum, but we do celebrate Christian holidays. 

We have a diverse community that encompasses many religions and cultures, and we endeavor to be sensitive to every family’s beliefs.

Graduates of Discovery Kidzone move on to a variety of public and private schools. We receive very positive feedback from both parents and teachers that Discovery Kidzone graduates excel when starting primary school and are at a significant advantage academically, socially, and developmentally.

Our teachers far surpass the necessary licensing and STARS requirements. Many of our teachers hold a degree in Education or their CDA or are Montessori Certified.

We offer several opportunities and scholarships for our teachers to continue their early childhood education.

Our classroom ratios for each program:

  • Infant & Toddler: 4:1
  • Preschool: 8:1
  • Pre-Kindergarten: 10:1
  • Summer Camp & After-School: 14:1

At Discovery Kidzone, our vision is to provide high-quality and unique educational environments and provide early learning experiences that build a solid foundation and passion for life-long learning. 

We believe that Creating + Learning = FUN, and we strive to follow this basic principle in all that we do.

Hear What Parents Have To Say...

"It gives me such a huge peace of mind with him being at DKZ"
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I couldn't be more pleased with Discovery KidZone. My son has been so happy being there. The staff communicate well and are very helpful. its nice to have insight as to what your child is doing each day, and DKZ is great at keeping you in the loop and even sending pictures of your child doing activities. It gives me such a huge peace of mind with him being at DKZ.

- Jessica Evans

"We love you and appreciate you all! I recommend DKZ to everyone"
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They communicate extensively with parents through all concerns and ensure any issues are resolved. I recommend DKZ to everyone and will continue to drive my boys to Montana City even though we live on the West side of Helena. Because when you find quality, the travel is worth it. Thank you so much to all the teachers who have been part of my boys' education. We love you and appreciate you all!”

- Sarah Mohr

"They do a lot of crafts, parties and fun stuff the kids love!"
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Clean, super safe and a great environment. My son loved the field trips to the ski hill in January and the bike riding days! I love how he learned skills like serving himself at family style meals and I never worried about him at Discovery KidZone. They have a good security system in place for checking your kiddos in and out. They do a lot of crafts, parties and fun stuff the kids love!”

- Heather Grace Nelson

"Absolutely LOVE Discover Kidzone! I highly recommend it to all!"
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My son loves going there, and has blossomed since his enrollment. I don't feel I could have chosen a better school for him. All the staff are wonderful! They really do some neat activities with the kids. I appreciate the observations they send us that has a picture and describes the learning activities my son has done. It also includes how well he did it and how he can grow in that area. It truly is an awesome school!

- Shannon Mergenthaler

"I just want to say how very very grateful we are for DKZ!!!"
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I just want to say how very very grateful we are for Discovery Kidzone. They are beyond amazing in there caring, educated, and loving teaching. Thank you Rachel, Ms.Melissa, Eric, and all teachers for making a place full of love and acceptance for each child to develop into the best version of themselves. This is by far the greatest place we could have our child.

- Mary Barner

"We absolutely love DKZ and all the staff/teachers! Thank you to everyone!"
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We absolutely love DKZ and all the staff/teachers! Our son Aiden loves going to school and he is learning so much. Thank you to everyone for being wonderful teachers and so supportive, kind, and patient with our son while helping him grow and learn!

- Nikki Jackson

"All the teachers are so wonderful..and nice! All the teachers are so wonderful."
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We just started going here and couldn't be happier. All the teachers are so wonderful..and nice. Our daughter is only 10 months old but I know she loves going here!

- Lindsay Joel Toner

"We LOVE discovery kidzone! Thank you Rachel and your staff!"
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We LOVE discovery kidzone. All three of our children have attended with our third still attending! I feel as tho the teaching they have received has helped them to do very well in public school and taught them to be wonderful little people. Thank you Rachel and your staff!!!!

- Tara Werner

"Discovery Kidzone has our full and complete trust. We love it!!!"
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We started our first child with Discovery Kidzone over two years ago. The staff has instilled confidence in her that I didn't think could ever happen. Now we send both of our girls there. Our youngest started when she was just three months old and I won't take them anywhere else. DKZ has our full and complete trust. We love it!!

- Jamie Jespersen

"I love Miss Chelsea. It made my heart so happy!!!"
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I was talking to Ava last night about school and while we were getting ready for her to go to bed she said "I love Miss Chelsea". ❤️❤️. It made my heart so happy and it's good to know she is in such good hands!

- Kris McElravy Schmaus

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summer camp

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